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This page includes obituaries of people with connection to our three counties but not buried in them or cemetery not identified. If local cemetery is known, see the Obituaries by Cemetery section of the site.

AMENTLER Joseph A. Amentler Jr

age 78, of Chemung, N.Y., died on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, N.Y.  Joseph was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Helen Amentler; and brother, George Amentler.  He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Cora M. Amentler; children; Donna M. (Arthur) DeVore, Anthony J. Amentler, (Michele Miles) Bruce A. (Sandy) Amentler, and William P. Tice; daughter in-law Patricia Amentler; grandchildren: Kevin (Nicki) O’Toole, Melissa A. Amentler, Brittany M. Amentler, Bruce A. Amentler Jr., Courtney M. Amentler, and Nicholas, Julianne and Kenzie Rose Amentler; great-grandchildren: Patrick, Isabella, Kevin Michael, and Dylan O’Toole, Tiffany and Michael Amentler; brothers, Leon ( Eileen) Amentler, Jimmy Amentler, and Frank (Wanda) Amentler; sister in-law, Lauretta Amentler; And his faithful companion, “Ira.”  Joseph was a member of the Old Timers Race Car club, an avid racing fan, he enjoyed all forms of racing from NASCAR to midget racing. Joseph was a proof reader and writer for the racing column in the Star Gazette for several years.  He retired from Dairylea Milk Plant after many years of service and also retired from GTP in Towanda, Pa. Those wishing to may make memorials to Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest 818 Fulton Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, in honor of his great-grandson, Patrick O’Toole. Or an animal shelter of one’s choice.  It was Joseph’s request that there be no calling hours and a private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.   Sayre Morning Times – February 23, 2013     


BAKER Robert E. "Bob"

Interlaken: Robert E. "Bob" Baker, age 79, longtime resident of the Bixby Homes in both Ovid and Interlaken died Monday, February 25, 2013. Bob was born on October 19, 1933 in Elmira, NY, a son of the late William G. and Martha (McKibbin) Baker. He entered the US Air Force through Sampson AFB in 1952 and was honorably discharged in 1954. Bob lived a full and rich life despite his disabilities. He travelled extensively as a participant in the Golden Age Games, competing in shuffleboard, air rifle and bowling. He was a volunteer at the VA Hospital in Canandaigua and attended the Day Treatment Program for many years. Bob was a supporter of the local VFW and a member of the Sampson Museum. Bob was a faithful attendee of the Interlaken Reformed Church. He was a very kind and respectful gentleman, that will be greatly missed by his many friends. Bob is survived by his brother, Gerald G. Baker and a nephew, Gerald J. Baker, both of Pine City; a niece, Sue (Donald) Saunders of Elmira; a sister, Betty Goodwin of Vestal; his caretakers, Richard and Deborah Bixby of Ovid, and their family. He was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas. Visitation will be held from 10:00am to 11:00am on Monday, March, 4, 2013 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 So. Main Street in Ovid. A funeral service will then be held at 11:00am on Monday, officiated by Rev. Jason Fulkerson of the Interlaken Reformed Church, burial with military honors will be held at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Romulus.   Star Gazette – February 28, 2013 


BELL Fannie MAe Bell Forester Steel

Age 93 of Appleridge Apts. in Horseheads, NY died on Wednesday February 27, 2013. Fannie Mae was born August 12, 1919 in Dimmitt, Texas the daughter of the late Edwin and Gracie Parr Bell. Fannie married her first husband Rev. Alexander Thomas Forester on August 26, 1942 in Olton, Texas. They were Cumberland Presbyterian Missionaries in Japan for 11 1/2 years while raising their own children. Rev. Forester predeceased Fannie on August 27, 1987. She married her second husband, Finley Moore Steele, in July 1993 and he predeceased her on December 18, 2010. Mrs. Steele is survived by her loving and devoted daughter and son-in-law: Kay Forester Stewart & Chuck Stewart of Horseheads, NY; sons and daughter-in-law: Dr. T. Gary & Marilyn Forester of Fresno, CA and Rev. Tim Forester of Winona, MN; grandchildren: Jason Stewart and fiancé Angela Fetcho, Mark Stewart & Dana Marshall, and Jonathan Stewart & Chay Mae Bailey, Jim & Wendy Forester and their children Brendan and Jorryn, David & Alissa Forester and their children Sydney and Logan, Tommy & Fatimah Forester and their children Mikayla and Kaitlyn, and Beth Forester-LaCrue & Joe LaCrue and their son Caleb. Fannie is also survived by Finley's Family Nancy Steele-Hamme & Parker English of Texas and Connecticut, Susan Steele-Gubitz & Stephen Gubitz of Houston, Texas, and Penny Steele-Bliss & Jim Bliss of Glenville, NY; grandchildren: David & LaRue Hamme, Randall Hamme, Karl & Monica Hamme, Christian & Amy Gubitz, Carrie Gubitz-Paschke & Dan Paschke, Julie Bliss, and Kara Bliss; great grandchildren: Cheyenne, Steele, Zane, Kross, Elijah, Micah, and Cameron. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service celebrating Mrs. Steele's Life on Saturday March 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM at The First Presbyterian Church of Elmira 1054 West Clinton Street at Rambler Road in Elmira, NY. The Rev. Betsey Crimmins will officiate. Fannie will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband Rev. Alexander T. Forester in Resthaven Cemetery in Lubbock, Texas. The Family respectfully requests that memorials be made to The First Presbyterian Church of Elmira 1054 West Clinton Street Elmira, NY 14905 or Bethel College 325 Cherry Avenue McKenzie, Tennessee 38201. Arrangements are entrusted to the LYNCH FUNERAL HOME 318 WEST BROAD STREET HORSEHEADS, NY.   Star Gazette – March 1, 2013


BLOW Frank L. Blow

of Nichols, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and respected friend died peacefully at his home Wednesday morning, Feb. 27, 2013 at the age of 89. Frank was born on March 4, 1923, one of eleven children of Percy M. and Elizabeth (Rosengrant) Blow.  Frank was a long-time employee of Tioga Feed Mills and the A-Jax Foundry. He loved the outdoors and spending time hunting and fishing with his son, and grandson William. Frank was a talented “Mr. Fix-it” and could repair anything with a motor. He enjoyed tending to his yard and riding his lawn mower whenever the sun was shining. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.  Frank is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Harriet Blow; his sons: Jeffrey (Kathy Sharp) Blow of Nichols and Frank Blow, Jr. of Georgia; his daughter and son-in-law Elaine and Chuck Frisbee of Owego; his brothers: Arthur, Burton and David; and a sister Janey Douglas; grandchildren: Tammy and Terry Sheets, Mary Cinelli, Larry Blow, Stephanie Hill, Heather Blow, William Blow, Connie and Steve Savage, Cheryl and Jack Gunther, Lisa and Jim Fredenburg; 15 great-grandchildren as well as several nieces, nephews and his beloved feline companion Lucy.  Frank was predeceased by his parents; his daughters Mary Jane Blow and Jennie Madigan; five brothers and a sister.  Abiding with Frank’s wishes, there will be no funeral services. A time of sharing and a gathering for family and friends will be held at a later date. Those who wish, may kindly consider a memorial contribution to Stray Haven, 194 Shepard Rd., Waverly, NY 14892 in loving memory of Frank L. Blow.   Sayre Morning Times – February 28, 2013   


BURR C. Ronald Burr C. Ronald Burr

79, of 6 Rails Rd., Tunkhannock, PA, (Burr Hill) died on Friday afternoon, Feb. 22, 2013, at the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock.  Born on June 26, 1933, in Meshoppen Twp. (Burr Hill), he was the son of the late Warren K. (April 28, 1992) and Hannah May Steltz Burr (July 31, 1977).   He was a graduate of Meshoppen High School class of 1951. Ron met his wife Gail E. (Swisher) Burr in high school and married her on March 17, 1951. They would have celebrated 62 years of marriage next month. Ron followed in his family’s footsteps and owned and operated the Burr’s Poultry Farm, Inc. on Burr Hill selling eggs, poultry and running the hatchery. He was a third generation poultry farmer and retired in 1985. He was also a Wyoming County Commissioner from 1984-1988.  Being very committed to his community and all of Wyoming County, Ron was a member of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, the Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock, Meshoppen Fire Co., and the NRA. He served on the board and was a cemetery caretaker of the Overfield Cemetery Association. He was a Past Master of the Franklin Lodge #263 F&AM of Laceyville, the Irem Temple Shrine of Dallas and the Republican Party of Wyoming Co. Ron was the Chairman of the Wyoming Co. Housing and Redevelopment Authority. He was the treasurer of the Triton Hose Co. #1 in Tunkhannock. He was a member and past president of both the Meshoppen Rod and Gun Club and the Meshoppen Men’s Club, also serving as its treasurer for many years. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, and playing cards.  Survivors include his wife, Gail E. (Swisher) Burr; daughters Donna Burgess of Meshoppen, and Cindy and Chris Ferris of Meshoppen; grandchildren, Kelly and Gary Robbins of Retta, Jenny and Les Proffer of Pueblo, CO, Jolene Sharer of Meshoppen, Jeffrey and Melinda Buckingham of Mehoopany, Christopher Buckingham of Meshoppen, Brianne Buckingham of Meshoppen, Nathaniel Buckingham of Tunkhannock, and Kassandra Buckingham of Springville, Autumn Ferris of Meshoppen, Jordan Ferris of Meshoppen; great-grandchildren, Logan Robbins, Alisa Proffer, Tyrus Proffer, Kaiden Proffer, Joshua Sharer, Dylan Sharer and Kayleigh Welch; brother and sister-in-law, Theodore and Ellen Burr of Middleburg, as well as several nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his sons, Raymond Spencer Burr (Sept. 28, 1955) and David Ronald Burr (Jan. 23, 1984) and a daughter, Carol Burr Buckingham (Jan. 25, 2009).  Funeral services will be held on Thursday morning, Feb. 28, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Thomas Mott of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church officiating. The committal service will follow at the Overfield Cemetery in Meshoppen. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. with Masonic services conducted by the members of the Franklin Lodge #263 F&AM at 7:45 p.m. Members of the Triton and Meshoppen Fire Companies passed in review at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening.   Wyalusing Rocket Courier – February 28, 2013


CARPENTER Helen G. (Carpenter) Dillon

92, formerly of Bentley Creek, PA, died on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Towanda Memorial Hospital.  She was he loving wife of the late Harold W. Dillon who died on June 16, 1980.  The couple married July 16, 1936 and had 43 happy years together.  Helen was born on January 15, 1921 in Lindley, NY, daughter of the late Arthur and Leda (DeGraw) Carpenter.  She was a homemaker, was a member of the Federated Church of East Smithfield and the Troy Senior Center.  Helen enjoyed fishing.  She liked it so much she and Harold would take fishing trips to Canada.  Helen also collected angels and enjoyed gardening.  Helen is survived by her children: Marjorie Leonard (Jack Cahill) of Fort Pierce, Fl, Norma (Ron) Leonard, Audrey (Joe) Smith, both of Gillett, PA, Ronald E. (Debbie) Dillon of Cary, NC, and Linda Diore of Gillett, PA, her son-in-law Richard Sherman of East Troy, PA, 16 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, 15 great-great grandchildren, her brothers: Ernest Carpenter of Corning, NY and Edward (Arthura) Carpenter of Concord, NC, her sister Edna (Harlen) Knickerbacker of Coopers Plains, NY, and several nieces and nephews.  Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her daughter Beverly Sherman, her granddaughter Tracy Dillon, her great granddaughter Macey Leonard, her infant brother Harold Carpenter, her bother Tony Carpenter, and her sisters Dorothy Leach and Florence Doyle.  Family and friends are welcome to gather from 6:00-7:00 pm on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at the Roberts Funeral Home, Inc. 279 Main Street Wellsburg, NY.  The funeral service to honor Helen’s life will be held at the conclusion of the visitation at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 28th at the funeral home.  Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.  Memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s memory to the Federated Church of East Smithfield, PO Box 7 East Smithfield, PA 18817.   Corning Leader – February 27, 2013



Age 60 of Erin, NY. He was born August 4, 1952 in Rochester, NY, son of the late Earl and Ruby (Cleversey) Delles and died Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother David and is survived by his wife of 34 years, Candace; daughter and son-in-law Amy and Ed Woodard; son Earl Delles III; grandson Edward Woodard III all of Elmira; special brother and sister-in-law Doug and Lorraine Delles of Buffalo; sisters Doreen Spears of Waverly, Paddy Seymour of Pine City; sister and brother-in-law Debbie and William VanRiper of Lowman; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Ernest and Linda Turner of Elmira Heights, David and Rose Turner of Pine Valley along with several nieces and nephews. Earl was employed with Anchor Glass for 40 years. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Saturday, March 2nd from 10 to 11 am. His memorial service will follow at 11 am. Rev. Dr. William Lutz will officiate. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Earl through donations to the Falck Cancer Center.  Star Gazette – February 27, 2013   


DICKINSON Grace Uleta Dickinson Mosier

75, of Standing Stone Township, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  Grace was born Sept. 28, 1937 the daughter of Oliver and Hazel Nueber Dickinson. In early years, she was employed in electronic circuit board manufacturing in the Binghamton, N.Y. area. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother whose life revolved around her family and home. Grace enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, working crossword puzzles and knitting afghans.  She is survived by her children, Lori Andican of Mountain Lakes, N.J., John Mosier and wife Donna of Hopatcong, N.J., Ray Mosier of Budd Lake, N.J. and Steven Mosier of Standing Stone; seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; brothers Ed Dickinson and wife Lula of Wysox, William Dickinson of Wysox and Stanley Dickinson of Standing Stone; a sister, Charlotte Dull of Standing Stone; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Norman R. Mosier on September 19, 1999 and sisters, Irma Mosier and Dorothy Dickinson.   A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. The Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home of Towanda is assisting the Mosier Family with arrangements.  Towanda Daily Review – March 1, 2013   


FALLETTA Francis J. (Frank) Falletta

86 of Vestal, died Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Wilson Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was predeceased by his wife Joan Mary (Cunningham) Falletta. He was born May 26, 1926 to Samuel and Helen Falletta. He is survived by two daughters and son-in-law, Mary and John McCabe, III, Winooski, VT and Ann, Binghamton; two sons, Thomas, Endicott and Paul, Binghamton; one grandson, John McCabe, IV. Since 1968 he was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Vestal where he was the parish auditor and on the finance committee. He was a retired employee of the Defense Contract Audit Agency of Binghamton and a 1953 graduate of Niagara University with a degree in Business Administration. Frank was a member of the Vestal Knights of Columbus Council # 4746. The family wishes to thank the Cardiac Care unit and the staff at Wilson South Tower 5 for the compassionate care given to Frank. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday at 9:30 A.M. from the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Vestal at 10 A.M. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home on Monday from 4-7 P.M. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Frank's memory may be made to Our Lady of Sorrows Church Building Fund, 157 Clark Street, Vestal, New York 13850.   Star Gazette – March 2, 2013


FEINT Stephen D. Feint

Stephen D. Feint, 50, of Cortland, died February 14, 2013 at home surrounded by family. He was born June 19, 1962 in Cortland NY.  Stephen was raised and educated in Dryden. He graduated from R.I.T. with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. Over the years, he had been employed at Pall Trinity, Lockheed Martin, and most recently was Director of Weights and Measures for Cortland County. Stephen was interested in science and history. He loved reading science fiction and was an avid NASCAR fan.  He is survived by his wife of 29 years Noelle Casey Feint of Cortland, his daughter Baylie (Nathan) Connelly of Baltimore MD, and his son Brennen Feint of Ithaca NY. He is also survived by his father Donald Feint, his sisters Audrey (Taz Cannon) Feint, Cindy (William) Rich, his brother Wayne (Judy) Feint, all of Dryden, his grandchildren Kurtis and Cecelia, several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews, and his beloved dog Maddie.  Stephen was predeceased by his mother Helen Anderson Feint.  Calling hours will be Monday 1-2:45 pm with a funeral service to begin 3 pm at the Wright-Beard Funeral Home Inc., 9 Lincoln Ave., Cortland NY, 13045. Spring burial will be in the Willow Glen Cemetery, Dryden.  Contributions may be made to Crohns’s Foundation of America.   Funeral home obituary - February 23, 2013     


FRYER Joseph Steven Fryer III

74, of Golden Hill Rd., Laceyville, PA, died on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 24, 2013, at his home on Golden Hill; Windham Twp., Wyoming Co., Pa. surrounded by his family.  Born in Philadelphia on July 30, 1938, he was the son of the late Joseph and Louise Siegrist Fryer, II. Growing up in Philadelphia, Joe was a graduate of the John Bartram High School in Philadelphia, the class of 1957.  After his graduation from high school he served his country with the U.S. Navy, from 1957 until 1959.  After his discharge from the service, Joe was employed with the John Wanamaker Furniture Store, and he was later employed as a butcher at the A&P Grocery chain of stores near Philadelphia. After moving to the Laceyville area, he was employed by Arrow United in Wyalusing from 1976 until his retirement in 2000.  In his spare time, he enjoyed watching baseball and football, and after his retirement he just enjoyed his recliner in front of the fireplace. The last few years, he enjoyed his yearly trips to the western part of Pennsylvania, to watch the elk.  Surviving are his wife of 37 years, the former Connie VanDe- Mark, whom he married on Aug. 2, 1975; sons, Joseph Fryer, IV of Lancaster, Shawn (Jane) Fryer, of Corbin, KY, Travis (Brianna) Fryer of Jenningsville and Shane (Michelle) Fryer of Laceyville; his grandchildren, Brigid Fryer, of Lancaster, Julian Schmidt, of Lancaster, Sarah and Joshua Fryer, of Corbin, KY, Brynn and Tristin Fryer of Jenningsville, Alexis Fryer of New Albany, and Kaylee and Jacob Fryer, of Laceyville, also a brother, John (Mary Jane) Fryer of Ridley Park and his sisters, Kathy (Edward) German, of Hanover and Elizabeth Wotypka of Upper Chester and many nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. from the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church, with Rev. Dolly Tarreto of the church officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Family and friends may call at the church on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.   Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, PA.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church, 133 Doolittle Hill Rd., Laceyville, PA 18623 or to the Hospice Community Care, 601 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA 18704.  Wyalusing Rocket Courier – February 28, 2013 


GIGEE Romaine C. Gigee

71, most recently from Florida died on Monday Jan. 21, 2013. He was born in Westfield, where he spent his early childhood, moving to Harford County, Maryland in 1953. Mr. Gigee attended North Harford High School and upon graduation enlisted in the United States Air Force. After his time in the service he returned to make Harford County his home. He moved to Florida in the early 80's, where he worked for and retired from the City of Orlando. Romaine, also known as RC, is survived by a son, Richard Pfaff, of Baltimore, Md.; a daughter, Tamara Ziegenbein and husband, Dustin from North East, Md.; and a step-daughter, Tori Mach and husband, Alex from Groveland, Fla. He has four grandchildren, Ayden and Collin Ziegenbein, Megan and Paislee Pfaff. He is also survived by a sister, Robin Wigley and husband, Chip of Stewartstown; a brother, James Lindsley Schueler and wife Maria of Forest Hill, Md.; as well as nieces and nephews.  Romaine will be buried on Saturday, March 9, at Holy Trinity Church in Churchville, Md. There will be a graveside service and burial at 2 p.m. with a 'time of remembrance' and reception following in the fellowship hall. He will be interred with military honors.  Wellsboro Gazette – March 2, 2013    


GRIFFIN Edward James Griffin Jr

age 85 of Painted Post, NY died peacefully at his son's home surrounded by his family on Thursday evening, February 28, 2013. Edward was born July 12, 1927 in Bath, NY to the late Edward Sr. & Ellen Frawley Griffin. He is survived by his children, John (Karen) Griffin of Keuka Park, NY, Mary (Thomas) Tammaro of Keuka Lake, Thomas (Connie) Griffin of Binghamton, NY, Ellen (Bruce) Hostrander of Painted Post, NY, Mark (Karen) Griffin of State College, PA, Bryan (Marilyn) Griffin of Horseheads, NY, and Matthew Griffin of Atlanta, GA; daughter-in-law, Susan Iversen of Gorham, NY; 22 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mary Kane of Addison, NY and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Edward is pre-deceased by his wife of 62 years, Katherine Elizabeth and son, Edward James III. The family will welcome relatives and friends to the Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall Street, Addison, NY on Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 2-4 PM and 6-9 PM. Recitation of the Rosary will take place Sunday evening at 8:30 PM. A Prayer Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 9:30 AM immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Catherine's Church, Addison, NY. Edward will be laid to rest immediately following at St. Catherine's Cemetery with full military honors.   Star Gazette – March 3, 2013   


GROVES Mary Jane Benavidez

78, of Smith Hill Road, Woodhull, died at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.  Mary Jane was born in Woodhull on December 2, 1934 in Woodhull, the daughter of William and Mary Jane Tubbs Groves.  She was a graduate of Haverling High School in Bath.  On March 1, 1986 she married Jose E. “Benny” Benavidez in Colorado Springs, CO.  He survives. Mary Jane worked in production at Anchor Glass in Elmira as well as being a homemaker.  She later worked for Artistic Greetings in Elmira Heights as a press operator, a job she also had while living in Colorado.  Mary Jane was a very talented artist and craftsman, building craft items to sell and collect.  She was also a very capable seamstress and an avid reader.  Besides her husband Benny of Woodhull, surviving are her children, Dominica Morelli of North Carolina, Philamena (Tom) Roy of Dubois, PA, Susan (Ernie) Bowes of Horseheads, Cheryl Walker (Terry Smith) of Seneca Falls, William (Deana) Kenney of Carlisle, KY, Gerald Walker and Robert (Amy) Walker both of Phelps, her step children, Heidi (Robert) McClure of Denver, CO, James (Di Di) Benavidez of Security, CO and Joseph (Heather) Benavidez of Fountain, CO, her daughter in law, Kathy (John) Bross of Maryland, 26 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren, her brothers, Joseph Groves of Florida, Donald Groves of Addison and Wallace Groves of Montour Falls, her sisters, Rose Morse of Reading Center, Anna Taylor of Corning, Sadie Groves of Kentucky and Nelle Bliss of Addison, along with many nieces and nephews.  Mary Jane was preceded in death by her son, Thomas Morelli, her sisters, Eva VanCise and Norma Jean Groves and her brothers, Louis, Clayton and Ivan Groves.  Friends may call on Sunday, March 3 from 6-8 PM at the H.P. Smith & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1607 Main St. Woodhull, NY.  Funeral services will be there on Monday at 11 AM with Rev. Brian Diffenbacher officiating. Burial will follow in Woodhull Cemetery.   Star Gazette – March 1, 2013 


HARVEY Dessie Mae McClure

age 90, of Troy, PA, died on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at her daughter's residence. Born on September 24, 1922 in Collins, GA, she was the daughter of Randolph and Anne (Cowart) Harvey. Dessie was predeceased by her husband, Wayne McClure in 2000.  Prior to her retirement, Dessie was employed as a Nurse with Troy Community Hospital. During World War II, she served as an aircraft mechanic at Hunter Airforce Base. Dessie was a member of the Troy Presbyterian Church where she participated in the church choir. She was also an active member of the Troy Hospital Auxiliary and several Bowling leagues. Dessie enjoyed flowers, gardening, skiing, tennis and pets.  Dessie is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Sandra and Blaine Scott of Troy, PA, Andie Simpson (Tim Teribury) of Troy, PA; a step daughter, Anne Lee (Don) Snyder of Altamont, NY; six grandchildren, Michele (Scott Cummings) Robbins, Kristie Simpson, Stacie Simpson, Laurel (John) Philibin, Sean (Michelle) Snyder, Curtis (Stacy) Snyder, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Wayne, Dessie was also predeceased by a son, Randy Brown in 2008; three brothers, Bill, Calvin, Dan and two sisters, Jean Marshlick and Annielou Easton.   Family and friends are invited to attend a time of sharing on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the parlor of the Troy Presbyterian Church, Main Street, Troy, PA. A prayer service will be held immediately following the time of sharing at 6:00 PM at the church with Rev. Bill Bardo officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in Dessie's name to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Road, Towanda, PA, 18848. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.   Towanda Daily Review – March 2, 2013     


HAWKINS John R. Hawkins

Suddenly on December 25, 2012, John R. Hawkins, 88, of Collingswood, NJ died at home.  Born in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Carl and Agnes Hawkins.  ohn was a longtime resident of Collingswood. He served in the 4th Marine division during World War II participating in action in the Pacific theater including the battle of Iwo Jima.  He owned his own title agency briefly and then worked as an appraiser with the Federal Housing Authority from where he retired. John was also a member of the Catholic War Veterans.  He was predeceased by his parents.  Surviving are his cousins, Catherine Shertz of Canton and Marie Bartlett by several close friends.  A Funeral Mass was held at St. Rose of Lima CHAPEL, Haddon Heights, NJ.  Interment of his urn with military honors took place with his parents in New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr.   Canton Independent Sentinel – February 23, 2013   


HILLARD Donald L. Hillard Sr.

66, of Mehoopany, PA, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at the VA Hospital, Wilkes-Barre after an illness. His wife of 42 years, the former Sarah Gallagher, died April 29, 2008. He was born in Larksville, son of the late Leroy and Elizabeth Hettesheimer Hillard.  He was a graduate of Larksville High School, class of 1964. He served in the Vietnam Conflict with the U. S. Navy as a gunner’s mate on the USS Catamount. He was a retired employee of Procter & Gamble, Mehoopany Plant. After retiring, he also drove tractor-trailer for Penn’s Best and Geary Concrete. He served as a supervisor for Windham Twp. for many years.  He was a member of Factoryville Lodge #341, a member of the Me-hoopany VFW Post and the Black Walnut American Legion Post #510.  He formerly served as an assistant chief for FWM Fire Company and was also a member of the Meshoppen Fire Company. He volunteered for many years with the Laceyville Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as a Scoutmaster. He was also a Ham Radio operator.  He loved to travel the countryside on his Trike, and especially enjoyed taking his grandchildren up the mountain on his Gator. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to work with his John Deere tractor clearing his land and helping out his neighbors. His favorite times were the time he spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Harold Hillard in 2000.  Survivors include two sons, Donald, Jr. of Laceyville and Darren and his wife, Michelle of Meshoppen; a daughter, Sarah and her husband, Raymond Corker of Mehoopany; a daughter in-law, Angela Hillard of Tunkhannock; grandchildren: Donald, III, Philip, Kyle, Andrew, Aerial, Zackary, Brandon, Aiden and Ariel and two great-grandchildren, Abigail and Hailey and several cousins.  The funeral will be held Friday, March 1 at 11 a.m. at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Interment will be in Orcutts Grove Cemetery, Noxen. Friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Masonic services will be held at 7:30 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.    Wyalusing Rocket Courier – February 28, 2013 


KNAPP Ross Winfred Knapp Jr. 

Loretto, TN: Age 69 passed away Wed, Feb 13, 2013 after a brief illness. He was a native of Big Flats, NY and a Baptist by faith. He was preceded in death by his parents: Ross and Mary Knapp, Sr. and his sisters: Darla Simons and Shirley Blasingim. He is survived by son, Richard Knapp of Lawrenceburg, TN and daughter Diana Lynn Weed of Gillett, PA; brothers; Thomas Knapp Sr of Pine City, NY and Gordon Knapp of Loretto, TN; sisters Nancy Champaign of Murrells, SC and Joan Stevens of Mt. Pleasant, TN. A memorial celebration for Ross Knapp Jr was conducted Feb 15, 2013 at Greenhill Funeral Home Chapel in Alabama.    Star Gazette – February 24, 2013


LAWSON Charles E. Lawson

58, of Waverly, N.Y., died suddenly on Tuesday Feb. 26, 2013 at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre Pa. He was born in Waverly, on Sept. 10, 1954 to Robert W. Lawson Sr. and Beryl Graham Lawson.  He graduated from Athens High School in 1972. After graduation Charles entered the Army where he served until 1975 and then he stayed active in the reserves for many years.  In January 1977 he started working for Rynone Manufacturing in Sayre, Pa., where he was employed until his passing. He also worked for Dandy Mini Mart for the last eight years.  Charles married Wilma McClure on September 10, 1983. They enjoyed a wonderful life together. "Chuck" will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Family was very important to him and he always went out of his way to help others.  He is survived by his loving wife Wilma; his son Christopher; his dog and special companion Emma; his sisters Dorothy Lawson, Helen (James) Phillips, and Frances Tully; his mother-in-law Almira McClure; his brother-in-law Eddy McClure; and many close nieces and nephews.  Charles was pre-deceased by his parents and brother, Robert W. Lawson Jr.  A time of gathering with family and friends will be Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 1- 2 p.m., at Wilawana Methodist Church, Wilawana, Pennsylvania. The celebration of Charles life will follow the visitation at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wilma Lawson, 113 Drybrook Road, Waverly, New York 14892.   Sayre Morning Times – March 1, 2013        


LUTZ Randy Paul Lutz

age 50, of Overton Rd., New Albany, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 at Towanda Memorial Hospital, Towanda.  He was born in Towanda on Dec. 27, 1962, the son of Donna Brown Lutz, of Mehoopany and the late William Lutz Sr. who died on April 8, 2004.  Randy graduated from Wyalusing Valley High School in 1982. He worked for Daniels Construction upon graduation, and went on to run a stone company for many years. Recently, he just returned from working at the Daytona 500 NASCAR Race. He always enjoyed building things and spending time with those he loved.  Perhaps Randy's greatest gift was his generous nature. He enjoyed spending time with his family and taking them to special places like Green Bay Packer games in Wisconsin and concerts. He was always out-going and made friends easily. Randy enjoyed life and relished living it to the fullest.  Besides his mother, Randy is survived by his beloved wife of 19 years, the former LindaVanLuvanee Lutz, whom he married on Oct. 10, 1993. His four step-children; Roxane Marino, of Bensalem, Shawn Burkhart of Florida and Matthew and James VanLuvanee, both of New Albany; and a step-grandchild, Xander Marino, of Bensalem. He is also survived by his brother, William and Kathy Lutz of Wyalusing; and his sister, Denise and Tim DeLamarter, of South Auburn. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Randy was preceded in death by his father, William Lutz, Sr., and his grandparents; George and Florence Lutz and James and Elsie Brown.  A memorial service for Randy will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 3 at the South Auburn United Methodist Church in South Auburn with his nephew Zechariah Lutz, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family at a later date.  Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the charity of the donor's choice.   Towanda Daily Review – March 1, 2013


MAHONEY Doris Manning

age 85, of 2nd St., Laceyville died on Friday morning, March 1, 2013 at the home of her daughter, Jackie Benscoter, on Benscoter Rd., Laceyville, where she had been staying.  Doris was born in Laceyville on March 26, 1927 the daughter of the late William and Mable VanVolkinburg Mahoney. Doris grew up and spent her entire life in Laceyville, graduating from the Laceyville High School with the class of 1945.  Doris was a homemaker and housewife for her late husband Arthur E. Manning Sr., and their family. Doris and Art had been married for 61 years, until his death on Sept. 3, 2007.  In her spare time, she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Doris was also an avid bingo player.  She is survived by her four children, her sons, Jim and Rose Manning of Evans Falls and Arthur "Buddy" and Kelly Manning Jr., of Laceyville and her two daughters, Patricia Gruver and George Surplus, of Sugar Run and Jackie and Jerry Benscoter, of Laceyville; as well as 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. She is also survived by a brother, Robert Mahoney of Alabama; a sister in law, Gloria and Bob Rogers, of Meshoppen; and several nieces and nephews.   Besides her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Elizabeth (Betsy) Burridge; three grandson, Michael John Manning; Shannon Burridge; and Dennis Scott Gruver; two great-grandsons, Clay Manning; and Dillon Gruver, a sister, Roberta Sleeper and her brother William "Bill" Mahoney.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning, March 6, 2013 from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with Rev. Dolly Tarreto, of the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in the North Flat Cemetery in Laceyville. Family and friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday evening, March 5, 2003 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Goodwill Fire Co., PO Box 207, Laceyville, PA 18623.   Towanda Daily Review – March 2, 2013 


MARTIN Thomas J.

Age 81, formerly of Orchard Knoll, Horseheads, NY. He was born March 27, 1931 in Elmira, son of the late John and Edna (Willis) Martin and passed away Thursday, February 21, 2013 at Elcor Health Services. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Anna (Loop) in 1993; brothers James in 1981 and John in 2012; sister Mary Ann Vester in 2000. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Gene Eichorn of Elmira; sister-in-law Carole Martin of Ridley Park, Pa along with several nieces and nephews. Tom was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during Korea aboard the USS Missouri. He was a member of the American Legion Post #1 in Albany; was the proprietor of the Sunoco Gas Station at Madison Ave. and Church St. Elmira and then was employed with Pipeline Industry in Tulsa, OK. A graveside service with military honors will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Tom through donations to the Chemung County S.P.C.A., 2435 State Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903. Walter J. Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family.   Star Gazette – February 24, 2013


McCRACKEN William D.

Age 75, of Horseheads, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at home. He was born on April 10, 1937 to the late William and Dorothy (Kimble) McCracken. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Molly (Hatch) McCracken; children, William (Penny) McCracken Jr., Carol (Randy) Davis, Julie (Tom) Fitzpatrick, Charles McCracken and Cory (Kasey) McCracken; step-children, Debra Chandler, Douglas (Peggy) Bradley and Stacey (Art) Stamp; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Beverly, Rosemary, Joan and Diane; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. William owned and operated McCracken Excavating from the mid 1960's till 1986. In 1987 he went to work for Schweizer Aircraft and retired from there in 2003. After his retirement he went on to help operate the family's landscaping business. His favorite retirement pastime was antique tractors and spending time with his family and friends. It was Williams request that no services be held. He wanted to be remembered as he was, not as he is. Condolences can be sent to his family at 568 Crane Rd., Horseheads, NY 14845. Arrangements have been entrusted to the James D. Barrett Funeral Home.  Star Gazette – February 24, 2013   


McGEE Elaine McGee Hill

78, formerly of Lancaster and Wellsboro, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, after a lengthy illness at Moravian Manor, Lititz. Born on a farm in Indiana County, she was the daughter of the late Milton and Ethel (Carr) McGee. She graduated from Marion Center Joint High School in 1952, where she met her future husband, David William Hill. Being a member of the school band and needing a date for their picnic, she took the initiative and asked Dave on their first date explaining that "he was a nice-looking farm boy." They were a couple ever since that day and were engaged after Dave sold one of his pigs for $50 to purchase an engagement ring. They married on June 9, 1957, and celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in 2012. Elaine formerly worked for Bell Telephone as an operator in Indiana. After giving birth to the first of their three girls, she became a stay-at-home mom. Elaine was often relied upon to help with last-minute midnight school projects (never receiving a grade herself), to sew various historical costumes for book report presentations (also not receiving a grade), and to rescue her daughters when the often-forgotten gym suit would be realized. After her girls were grown, she joined the workforce taking a job with Hallmark cards. Elaine was a member of Salem Evangelical Reformed Church, Hellers, for over 40 years, serving on the Consistory as both a deacon and an elder; as a member of the Church Belles; and various other volunteer positions. Elaine was the proud owner of arguably Pennsylvania's largest collection of cat tchotchkes, feline stuffed animals, cat sweatshirts, t-shirts and cat pillows and anything else created that had a cat on it. Elaine had a wonderful dry wit; never met a stranger; always had an upbeat attitude and rarely ever worried. After surviving breast cancer in 1990, she was diagnosed in 2003 with inoperable pancreatic cancer and told that she had less than six months to live. Her invaluable friend, Lorraine Latschar R.N., implored Elaine to go to Johns Hopkins Hospital to see a premier pancreatic cancer surgeon, Dr. Cameron. He informed her that he could, indeed, perform abdominal surgery. When she awoke from the anesthesia, in classic Elaine humor, she asked Dr. Cameron, "Was it a girl or a boy?" Elaine was then informed that she was actually misdiagnosed; having duodenal cancer, a much less nocuous form of small intestine cancer.  Elaine will be lovingly remembered by her husband, David, also of Moravian Manor; her three daughters, Sharon Hill of Wallingford; Lisa (Hill) Cammarata, wife of Steve, York; Lori Hill, fiancée of John Robinette, Takoma Park, Md.; two grandchildren, Alex and Amanda Weidman; four step-grandchildren, Adam and Bryan Robinette, Anthony Cammarata, Tara (Cammarata) Pollack, wife of Steve; her sister, Shirley (McGee) Wright, Baltimore, Md.; brother, Keith McGee, husband of Jean, Willingboro, N.J. She was predeceased by two brothers, Ivan McGee and Robert McGee. Also former feline pets Babe, Fuzzer, Muzzer, et al have been waiting to sit on her lap in Heaven.  The family wishes to thank the wonderful and caring nurses and therapists at Moravian Manor. Memorial contributions are welcomed to: the Salem Evangelical Reformed Church, Hellers, 2555 Horseshoe Road, Lancaster Pa. 17601 or to Furever Home Adoptions, 5984 Main Street, East Petersburg Pa. 17520. The funeral will be Saturday, March 2, at 11 a.m. at the Salem Evangelical Reformed Church, Hellers, 2555 Horseshoe Rd., Lancaster. Interment will be at the adjoining cemetery.   Wellsboro Gazette – February 27, 2013  


MILES Michael A. Miles, MD

age 67, died on Feb. 25, 2013 in his home in Sullivan County. He was born on Jan. 23, 1946 in Reading. He was the son of the late Anthony and Kathryn Ackerman Miles of Reading.  He was a 1963 graduate of Reading High School and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Albright College in 1967. Michael received his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia in 1971. He completed his internship and residency at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in 1975.  Michael was last employed as the Medical Director at Carpenter Technology in Reading. He retired five years ago. He was also employed by St. Joseph Hospital as an emergency room physician for 14 years and also at Ephrata Community Hospital for 10 years.  Michael enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, and especially his home in the mountains of Sullivan County and in Millsboro, Del.  Surviving are his spouse, Donna L. Miles; two step-children, David and Kim Tohill.  As per Michael's wishes there will be no services.  Towanda Daily Review – March 3, 2013  


MILLER Ernest "Stu"

Age 92 went to his rest on his birthday February 24, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ginger; stepson, Dan (Marilyn) of North Carolina; sons, David (Kris) of Elmira, Stewart (Jess) of Painted Post, Stephen (Kim) of Bloomingdale. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ella, Dora, and Rita (Russ). Ernest served six years in the navy and was discharged as Chief Petty Officer, a toolmaker by trade, a Seventh Day Adventist by the Lord's calling. He is now waiting for that great resurrection morning when Jesus will return to take his faithful children to their promised home prepared for them in heaven. Even so come Lord Jesus. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Maple Avenue in Elmira, NY from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. with memorial service there at 4:00 p.m. Pastor Dunn will officiate.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Olthof Funeral Home, Inc.   Star Gazette – February 25, 2013  


MILLER Mary Geraldine "Geri" Takkinen 

Age 75 of Lyons Dr. in Horseheads died unexpectedly on Saturday February 23, 2013. She was born in Minneapolis, MN to Kenneth and Matilda (Bichler) Miller. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Darwin Takkinen; daughter, Jodi (Eddie) Klecker of Gillette, WY; sons, Shaun (Randi Miller) Takkinen of Huntington Beach, CA, Mark (Deanne) Takkinen of Placentia, CA; grandchildren, Jeremy Mock, Michael, Rebecca, Patrick and Cody Takkinen; sisters-in-law, Bernice Miller of Minneapolis, MN, Joyce Takkinen of also of Minneapolis, MN; and their loving puppies, Missy, Milo, Champ and Charlie. Geri was predeceased by her daughter, Jean-Lisa Takkinen and brother, Robert Miller. She was a devoted catholic and communicant of St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and friend. Geri enjoyed gardening at home with her husband. Family and friends are invited to celebrate her funeral Mass on Saturday March 2, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in St. Mary Our Mother Church 816 W. Broad St.  Those wishing may also remember Geri with memorials to Chemung County Humane Society and SPCA 2435 State Rt. 352, Elmira, NY 14903    Star Gazette – February 27, 2013


MINIER Jeanette Overpeck

age 71 of Mildred, Pa. died on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at her daughter's home in Waverly, N.Y. after a strong battle with cancer.  She was born Oct. 24, 1941 in Sayre, Pa., a daughter of the late Daniel (Dewey) and Jennie Minier.  Jeanette had lived in Phelps, N.Y. until she moved to Mildred, Pa. where she resided until present. She was from a family of six brothers and five sisters. She leaves behind her daughters, Jennie (Bill) Akin of Phelps, N.Y., Danielle (Jeff) Houghtelen of Waverly, N.Y.; and son James Marshall of North Carolina and predeceased son Scott Overpeck. Eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive her. Jeanette worked as a CNA at Highlands Healthcare in Laporte, Pa. until she retired in July 2012 after 35 years of service.  Funeral services will be 2 p.m., March 3, 2013 at the Luther Church in Mildred, Pa. After the service at the church a gathering with family and friends will be held at the Mildred Legion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Guthrie Clinic Oncology Patient Fund, AKA: Nancy Quattrini Fund, In memory of Jeanette Overpeck, Guthrie Cancer Center, Robert Packer Hospital, 1 Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA 18840.   Towanda Daily Review – February 27, 2013   


MORGAN Darwin Morgan

74, of Ithaca, NY, formerly of Canton, died while surrounded by family on February 12, 2013 at the Cayuga Medical Center.  Born in Canton, on November 13, 1938, he was one of twelve children in the family of the late Floyd and Dorothy (Smith) Morgan.  He graduated Canton High School with the class of 1956. On August 8, 1969, Darwin married the former Donnalee (Hart) Fleming at Canton’s Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ.  Darwin enjoyed his work in the carpentry fields and retired in 2000.  Darwin was a caring and devoted family man who especially enjoyed times shared with his grandchildren. He was always there to offer a helping hand whether it be for family, friends or a complete stranger. He was also a great outdoorsman, an avid hunter, angler and a sports fan. In 1968, he won the PA State Handicap Doubles Bowling title with Jack Tarbox. He played on the Merchants, which became the Can-Tro (Canton-Troy) baseball team, the semi-pro Troy Chiefs football team and several softball teams. Darwin knew the Lord in his heart and enjoyed fellowship at Grover Church of Christ and the Canton Church of Christ (Disciples of Christ).  Surviving are his wife Donnalee; daughters, LuAnn (Gary) Paugh, Friedens, PA, Michelle (Mark) Ling, Somerset, PA; Kimberly (Donald) Sutfin, Freeville, NY and Robin Dingler (David Jackson), Brooktondale, NY; grandchildren, Jessica Paquette, Troy Sutfin, Madison Dingler, John (Allyssa) Sutfin, Joe Sutfin, Cheryl (Joe) Bittner and Anthony Ling; great-grandson, Craig James “CJ” McKnight; siblings, Lois Norton of Estella, Audrey (Carl) Bedford of Mehoopany and Claude (Carol) Morgan, Canton; two sisters-in-law, Elaine Morgan, Elmira and Rosanne Morgan, Canton; two brothers-in-law; Gerald Spencer of Canton and Bill (Rosalie) Finnerty of Dryden, NY; many nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was predeceased by eight siblings, Lucille Bond, Lenora Mae Avery, Myrtie Lee, Alfreda Letts, Ethlyn Machmer, Desmond, Roland and Donald Morgan.  In keeping with Darwin’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A memorial service and life celebration was held Saturday, February 16, at the Canton Church of Christ Disciples of Christ, Union and Minnequa Streets in Canton. Those who wish may consider a memorial in Darwin’s name to a charity of one’s choice.   Canton Independent Sentinel – February 23, 2013   



Age 80, of Lowman, NY, passed away on Friday, February 15, 2013 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. Joanne was born on December 26, 1932 in Hornell, NY, daughter of the late Bessie and Donald O'Neil. Joanne is survived by her husband of 47 years, Richard; daughters, Laura (Lynford) Wilson, Donna Eastwood, Mary (Ed) Salisbury, Dorothy (William) Mullen and Irene (David) Duda; son, Robert Bullard; many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Joanne was predeceased by her daughters, Annie, Sandra and Beverly. Joanne will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Joanne's life in a memorial service on Monday, February 25, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the James D. Barrett Funeral Home.  


PAUTZ Janet Grace (Pautz) Rincavage 

Janet, age 75, of Eldersburg, MD, died January 24, 2013 at the Carroll County Hospice Center, Westminster, MD. The daughter of the late Carl and Agnes Burnham Pautz, she was raised in Webb Mills and after graduating from Southside High School, completed her training at the Germantown Dispensary and Hospital School of Nursing at Philadelphia. It was while working at Germantown Hospital she met a tall, handsome anesthetist, George Edward Rincavage, and they were married on June 6, 1959 at St. Casimir's Church in Plymouth, PA. Together, they raised four beautiful children as his career took them from Philadelphia to the Baltimore, MD area interjected with a brief try at "country living" in Wellsboro, PA. In addition to her parents and many extended family members, Janet was predeceased by her husband, George. She treasured her family, and is survived by her four children of whom she was very proud - Joanne (Glenn) Meyers of Hanover, PA, John Rincavage of Eldersburg, MD, Stephen (Penny) Rincavage of Westminster, MD, and Susan (Steven) Plakitsis of Eldersburg, MD; her six grandchildren, the loves of her life - Alyssa Meyers, Louis Rincavage, Karl Rincavage, Molly Rincavage, Emily Rincavage, and Henry Rincavage; beloved sister Joyce Pautz Draxler Stevens of Horseheads, NY; cherished brother Lauren (Susan) Pautz of Pine City, NY; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Janet was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and optimistic Baltimore Orioles fan. Information is forthcoming regarding a spring memorial service to celebrate her life.    Star Gazette – March 3, 2013   


REID Michael James Reid

age 63 and oldest son of the late Wilbur James Reid, Sr. and Beatrice (Bonner) Reid, was born October 7, 1949 in Elmira, New York. Michael died February 15, 2013 following a 14 year, courageous journey with prostate cancer. He peacefully transitioned at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, California surrounded by his loving wife M. Susan Miller Reid, stepdaughter Reema Al-Zaben, nephews, Jason Reid Bryant and Bernie Miller, and several close friends.   Michael's Celebration of Life service will be held at 5:00pm on March 23, 2013 at the Ernie Davis Community Center. Wilbur James Reid Jr. will officiate. Michael was cremated on February 25, 2013 at Apollo Crematory in Emeryville, CA. and his ashes will be scattered in Nepal, Hawaii and upstate New York.  Michael grew up in Elmira, New York, as one of eight siblings and we remembered fondly Sunday picnics at Seneca Lake, hiking on East Hill, swimming at Brands Park, his love of sports cars, and Neighborhood House activities that included camp El-Ne-Ho and boxing, as well as his Elmira Free Academy experiences, all of which shaped him as a young man. At EFA he was a member of the mixed choir, concert choir and Madrigals (a select group of 16). He loved to sing (and dance) and what a beautiful voice. His sense of leadership and determination were fostered through competing in football and particularly wrestling. As a wrestler Michael went 34-0-1 and then off to the state meet as Section 4 Champion for EFA. His leadership skills were also shaped through his involvement withthe EFA Senior Class Council. In 1967 Michael was awarded an athletic scholarship to attend Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Education and a minor in Social Science. His campus involvement included treasurer of the Student Government, member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, and both Varsity Wrestler and Football player as well as a member of the M Club and Art Club. He continued his education at Elmira College, earning a Master’s degree in Education and then taught at Diven Elementary School, in Elmira, for a short while. As recently as last month he recalled that experience and his passion for teaching and coaching, a value that was at the core of his being.   He left Elmira in 1974 to become an Admissions Counselor at SUNY Cortland then on to Cornell University as Assistant Director of Admission for the Arts College and also Assistant Coach for Cornell's "Big Red" Football team. Michael's move to the position of Director of Placement - Industrial & Labor Relations at Cornell University is what stirred his passion for career placement and became the driving force in his work and life journey. His course work in the MILR, Industrial & Labor Relations degree program provided the academic background needed to solidify his passion.  Before founding his search firm, Michael James Reid and Company - Inclusive Diversity Searches, he held many top management positions in banking and other industries, including Montgomery West Executive Search Firm, which he later acquired. He also served as Vice President, Human Resources for Hibernia Bank; Head of World Banking Division/Retail Banking and Management Recruitment for Bank of America; and Head of Recruitment for the Women's Wear division of Levi Strauss & Company.  John Holland of Boyden wrote: … It was Michael's lifelong dream to join one of the major search firms and Michael fulfilled that dream when he joined Boyden's San Francisco office in the fall of 2011. Michael had a long career in executive search and human resources. He was recognized in the US by the National Association of African American Human Resources (NAAAHR) as one of the top ten professionals supporting black community workplace growth and promotion. He was a specialist in diversity recruiting.  Michael will be greatly missed and leaves to cherish his precious memory a loving wife: M. Susan Miller Reid of Berkeley CA, step-daughter and Reema Al-Zaben of Seattle, WA; seven siblings and their children: Deborah Reid Bryant of Riverdale, MD, Jamal (Judith) Malik of United Arab Emirates, Anna M. Reid of Upper Marlboro, MD, Cheryl G. Reid of Germantown, MD, Christopher Elcha Reid of Elmira, NY, Wilbur J. (Stephanie) Reid, Jr. of Westchester PA, and Jay Randall (DeAdra) Reid of Elmira NY; and a host of aunts, cousins, great nieces and nephews, and friends. Brothers and sisters - in - law, Eileen & Jerry Roberts of Gahanna, OH, Michael and Maureen Miller of The Plains, OH, Mont and Margaret Hollingsworth of Solon, OH, Margaret and Craig Maul of Hilliard, OH, John and Liz Hollingsworth of Pickerington, OH, Bruce and Cindy Miller of Belmont, OH, Marcy and Tim Wanner of Lancaster, OH and Chris and Renae Miller of New Concord, OH; fourteen nieces and nephews and 20 great nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank you for your prayers and expressions of kindness during this time of bereavement.   Star Gazette – March 3, 2013


REPSHER Donald Repsher

age 84 of Clapper Hill, Laceyville, Pa., died at the Meadow View Nursing Facility, in Montrose, Pa. on Friday morning, Feb. 22, 2013, where he has been a resident for the last five weeks.  He was born in Skinners Eddy, Pa. on Sept. 4, 1928, a son of the late Frank and Clara Carr Repsher.  Don began working for the Bennett Panel Saw Co., in his early years, in Skinners Eddy. He then started driving truck, for his brother Carlton (Dutch) Repsher and many other companies hauling everything from cattle, pigs, lumber, logs, fuel oil, gasoline, and pallets. Don hauled pallets for Brunges Pallet Mill, in Montrose for 35 years, until they closed a few years ago. Don never had an accident during the 53 years, of driving.  In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, especially Salmon fishing, NASCAR racing, and camping. The Repsher family took many camping trips, for many years.  Surviving is his wife of 48 years, the former Sheila Hitchcock Repsher, who he married on Sept. 3, 1964; his son Kevin Repsher, and his daughter, Dawn Repsher (Peter Baldwin) all of Laceyville, Pa.; his three grandchildren Kyle Repsher and Dereck and Alissa Baldwin, all of Laceyville, Pa.; his extended family of brothers and sisters-in-laws Leonard and Lorraine Hitchcock, of Sun City, Ariz.; and Eldred and Donna Hitchcock, of Binghamton, N.Y.; also several nieces and nephews, and a special longtime friend Grace Harvey of Montrose, Pa. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by all of his brothers and sisters.  Interment will be in the Beaver Meadows Cemetery. Memorial services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.  Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Laceyville, Pa.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Vicky Ellis, 2198 Clapper Hill Rd., Laceyville, PA 18623.   Towanda Daily Review – February 25, 2013



age 97, of Elmira, NY died February 23, 2013. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 2, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1054 W. Clinton St., Elmira, NY 14905. We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to First Care and the Veteran's Administration for their support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Joel with a donation to the Sullivan Trail Chapter of American Red Cross, 911 Stowell St., Elmira, NY 14901.  Star Gazette – February 28, 2013


SACKETT David Michael Sackett

Died on Feb. 25, 2013, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.  He was born in Waverly, N.Y., on September 7, 1957 to Arthur and F. Betty Searfoss Sackett.  David spent most of his life in the Valley, attending Athens schools and graduating with the class of 1976. During high school, David ran track, worked part-time in the cafeteria, and excelled in math and shop classes. He spent most of his free time at the Keystone Roller Rink where he was a floor monitor.  David married his soul mate, Louise M. Gleockner on May 18, 1985 in Philadelphia, Pa., and they shared nearly 28 years of life and love while raising their three children together.  He held many jobs over the years, doing whatever he needed to in order to support his family. His most recent job was with Horn’s True Value as small engine mechanic for 10 years. He also did small engine repair at Three Monkey’s New and Used Shop, the business that he and Louise started and shared for four years.  He enjoyed life to its fullest. David loved hunting and fishing, dancing, roller skating, bowling, basketball, baseball and football.  He could be found at the Athens home football games with his wife where he called most plays before the announcer. He was a board member of the SAWValley Bowling Association for over eight years. David bowled on several leagues holding offices, and participated in many tournaments.  Family was always first for David and he would give the shirt off his back to help a friend. David also loved going to the beach and camping with his family.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him; especially by his wife Louise; his children, Emily and son-in-law Chuckie Chandler, Kathryn, and John-Mark; his grandchildren Conner and Domenick, adopted grandson Skeeter; his sisters Hazel Chilson, Susan Baxter and Amy Goodwin; his brothers, Arthur Jr. and Gary Sackett; his in-laws; and numerous nieces and nephews; his dog and special companion “Betty,” and many close friends whom David considered family.  David was predeceased by his parents; his daughter Jessica; his mother-in-law Evelyn Vanderpool; sister-in-law Susan Sackett; brother-in-law Bill Chilson; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.  Louise and their children will greet family and friends at St. John Lutheran Church, 207 South Hopkins Street, Sayre, Pa., on March 5, 2013 from 1 to 2 p.m. A celebration of David’s life will follow at the church. At David’s request, please do not wear black, this is not a time of mourning, but a time of celebration, dress for a party. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Athens, Pa.  In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in David's memory to the: Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA 18810 to help offset the cost of the funeral expenses and David’s illness.  Sayre Morning Times – February 27, 2013   


SCHWEIZER Susan S. (Schweizer) Evans

Age 68, of Middle Rd., Horseheads, died after a long illness on Sun., Feb. 24, 2013, at Troy Hospital in Troy, PA. Susan was born January 7, 1945 in Elmira, NY, to the late Ernest and Eileen (Weed) Schweizer. She is survived by her husband, Robert Evans; daughter and son, Sarah (Kevin Kline) Whitson of Horseheads, NY, Kristopher "Kasey" (Danielle) Evans of Savona, NY; grandchildren, Liberty Susan, Langleigh and Landon Evans, Peter, Maxwell, Jack and Grace Whitson; sister and brother, Julie (Marc) Shepherd of Pine City, NY, Les (Bonnifer) Schweizer of Cayuta, NY; brother-in-law, Steve Lese of Horseheads, NY; stepchildren, Richard (Lydia) Evans of Watkins Glen, NY and Sharon (Gino DePasquale) Maximiek; nieces and nephews, Shane (Amy) Lese, Shelby (Dennis) Ham, Tambi Schweizer, Lindsey (John) Walczak, Kyle Schweizer, Kirsten (Will) Reeve and Drew Shepherd; and several step grandchildren in addition to her parents. Susan was also predeceased by her sister, Sally Lese in 2008 and stepson, Robert Scott Evans in 1991. Susan was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Horseheads. She was a graduate of Keuka College and was an elementary teacher working in the Corning School District at Erwin Valley School in Gang Mills prior to her illness. Susan was a wonderful wife and loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be missed by those whose lives she touched. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Tues., Feb. 26, 2013, from 4-7:00 p.m. Her service will be celebrated in the First United Methodist Church tentatively on Wednesday. Those wishing may remember Susan with memorials to First United Methodist Church Christian Education Program, 1034 W. Broad St., Horseheads, NY 14845 or 1650 South Avenue, Suite 100, Rochester, NY 14620, 585-271-0801.    Star Gazette – February 25, 2013    


SHERMAN Betty Lou (Sherman) Stone

born August 17, 1942 to predeceased Arthur Sherman and Betty (Wicks) Sherman, died February 24, 2013 at Williamsport Hospital.   She is survived by her loving husband, Robert Stone; her brother, Butch Sherman (Debbie); her special cousin, Myron Tongue (JoAnn); her predeceased daughter, Sherry Stone Gee (Mark); daughter, Penny Stone Heffner (Randy); son, Bobby Stone (Joan); and special niece, Faye Sherman (Steve) Packard. Betty had six grandchildren: Markie Gee (Cindy), R. J. Heffner, Ashley Gee Moya (Andrew), Danielle Stone (Kyle), Kayla Stone Hopper (Corey), and Shelby Stone. Also, two great grandchildren, Olivia Sherry Ann Gee and Lincoln Merritt Moya, as well as two special nieces/nephews, Jarret and Catie Packard; two close friends, Georgia Sargent and Donna Holleran both of Tioga, PA.  Due to her wishes, there will be no services. Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.    Star Gazette – February 25, 2013


SIMONDS Lorna JaneMenzies

Loving mother and matriarch of the Menzies clan, Lorna Jane Simonds Menzies threw off her mortal coils February 25, 2013, dying peacefully in her sleep. Lorna left this world on her own terms, resting comfortably in her longtime home in West Elmira in the presence of her son and devoted caregiver Brian Menzies. She was 85 years old. Born to June Louise and Albert Llewelyn Simonds on October 5, 1927 in Bradley Beach, NJ, Lorna grew up in the Southbridge, Massachusetts area with six brothers and sisters: David, Russell, June, Judy, Audrey and Jean. She was a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, and continued to root for her Buckeyes football team each year as they played arch rival Michigan. In 1951, Lorna married David Robert Menzies and started a family in Hauppauge, New York with sons Alan, Brian, Craig and David. Lorna divorced in 1976 and moved with her youngest son David to Elmira, New York starting a new life where she happily spent the remainder of her years surrounded by friends and family. She was a dedicated employee of B.O.C.E.S. and truly loved going to work every day. Lorna is survived by sons Brian, Craig, and David; grandsons Alan, Jason, Patrick, and Joshua; granddaughters Connie Marie and Cara; and great-grandsons Liam and Joey. She has left a legacy of love and compassion in the face of adversity, defining what it means to improvise, adapt and overcome.   Star Gazette – March 3, 2013


St. JOHN Robert J.

Robert J. St. John, age 63, of Wellsboro, PA, died on Friday, February 22, 2013. Friends may call on Monday, February 25, 2013 from 6 to 8 PM at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Wellsboro, PA and on Tuesday, February 26 from 10 to 11 AM at the First Baptist Church of Wellsboro. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 AM at the church with the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey McCleary officiating.   Star Gazette – February 24, 2013


STEPANSKI James M. "Jim" Stepanski Sr

67, well known Wysox businessman and resident of Standing Stone Township, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.  Jim was born in Berwick, on May 31, 1945 the son of John and Marie Petroff Stepanski. He was a graduate of Berwick High School and Bloomsburg University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in history. Jim taught history at Northeast Bradford High School for a year and was later employed by the Ingersoll-Rand in Athens and Claverack Rural Electric in Wysox. Jim owned and operated Roman Pizza in Rome, and Only The Best Pizza Shop in Wysox until the time of his death.  Jim was a member of the Rome Borough Council for 10 years and was a member of Roman Lodge No. 418 F. & A.M. He enjoyed spending time with his grandson, hunting and fishing.  He is survived by his son, James M. Stepanski Jr.; grandson, William Kerr of Standing Stone; and daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Catherine O'Neil and Dr. Chris O'Neil of Bloomsburg.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother John Stepanski and two sisters in infancy. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with Rev. Jason Kappanadze of the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, Horseheads, N.Y. officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday and from 9 to 10 on Saturday at the funeral home. Roman Lodge No. 418 F. & A.M. will hold a service of remembrance at 4:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.   Towanda Daily Review – February 25, 2013   


TEEL Kenneth O. Teel

69, of Meshoppen, PA died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Ocala, FL, after an illness. He and his wife, the former Connie Evans had been married for 50 years. He was born in Springville, son of the late Fay and Altha Squier Teel.  He was a member of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church. A graduate of Elk Lake High School, class of 1961, he served as president of the Future Farmers of America and received the Star award. In 2007, Ken received the Wyoming/Lackawanna County Holstein Club “Hall of Fame” award. His farm was listed as a “Dairy of Distinction.” He was president of the Wyoming/Lackawanna County Farm Bureau, a director of the Ag Choice Farm Credit, the treasurer of the Wyoming County Holstein Club, a member of the Holstein Association, a director of the Genex Breeding Association, a director of the Susquehanna DHIA, a director of the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair, a member of the Wyoming Fair Dairy Committee.  He started the tractor pulls and kiddie tractor pulls at the Wyoming County Fair and was the president of the Wyoming County Pullers association. He was a member of the Meshoppen Rod and Gun Club and served as a director. He was a member of the Harford Fair Tractor Pullers Association. He was a seed dealer for Seed Way and several seed companies for over 20 years.  Ken loved farming and was well known and well respected for his knowledge and involvement in the trade and community. He was involved in showing many of his cows in the region. He was recently honored in Oct. 2012 by the governor’s office, the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives and given a special award by the Farm Bureau for his involvement and dedication to the farm industry.  He and his wife purchased their farm in Meshoppen in 1964 and have been avid farmers of registered Holsteins ever since.  He belonged to several bowling leagues in Tunkhannock and Montrose. In addition, he enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting and fishing, tractor pulling, watching NASCAR (favorite driver, Jimmy Johnson) and spending time with his grandchildren and teaching them about farming.  He was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Glenn; a sister, Ruth States and his father and mother-in-law, Doug and Marge Evans.  Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Lisa Teel Smith of Meshoppen, Roger Teel and his wife, Brandy of Meshoppen, Duane Teel and his wife, Jennifer of Dimock and Jennifer Teel Bonavita and her husband, Stanley of Meshoppen, nine grandchildren: Darrin Smith and his girlfriend, Brittany, Derrick and Keaton Smith, Riley and Dalton Teel, Alex, Austin, and Autumn Bonavita and Richard Smith; three step-grandchildren: Paul and Jason Salmini, Alex Rummage; four great-grandchildren: Keegan Smith, Fenton, Trevor and Hunter Smith; a sister, Barbara Fuhrey and her husband, Bill of Springville; a brother, Cleo Teel and his wife, Gloria of Dimock, many nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock with Rev. Thomas Mott of the Meshoppen Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Jersey Hill Cemetery, Auburn Township. Friends may call on Friday 2 to 4 and 6 to 9.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Git-R-Done Relay for Life Team, c/o Wyoming County Cancer Society, 8 Ironwood St., Tunkhannock, PA 18657, or the Dairy Committee of the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair, c/o Mrs. Charlotte M. Severcool, 6115 State Route 29, Springville, PA 18844.  Wyalusing Rocket Courier – February 28, 2013  


TENNY James R., Sr.

Age 66 of Elmira, NY. He was born November 9, 1946 in Elmira, son of the late William and Florence (Baker) Tenny and went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 1, 2013. He was predeceased by his sister Joanne and brothers Bill, Chuck and Dick Tenny. Jim is survived by his wife of 46 years, Rita; son James, Jr. (Tracy) of Brooks, GA; daughter Sandie (Patrick) Sullivan of Elmira; grandchildren Patrick, Alexis and Aaron Sullivan, Samantha Bower along with 5 great grandchildren; sisters Sharon (Earl) Bush of Erin and Linda Tenny of Horseheads; brothers Harvey of Elmira and Harold of NC; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Chuck and Joan Ruhmel, Jack and Mary Yusko and Ray Ruhmel along with several nieces and nephews. Jim worked for a number of years at Hardinge, Inc., Citgo service station and most recently as a crossing guard. A man of few words, Jim will be missed by his friends at the White Eagles Club and Mimi's. Family and friends are invited to visit Walter J. Kent Funeral Home, 858 Lake St. at Washington Ave., Elmira on Monday, March 4th from 4 to 7 pm. His memorial service will follow at 7 pm.   Star Gazette – March 3, 2013   



90, of Andrews Settlement, Pa., died Saturday (Feb. 23, 2013) in the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, Pa.  Born July 24, 1922, in Curwensville, Pa., she was the daughter of Frank and Nora Black Thompson. On March 29, 1947, in Curwensville, she married Max B. Lydic, who predeceased her on Oct. 2, 2000.  Nora was a homemaker and a member of the Andrews Settlement Baptist Church and the Andrews Settlement—Ellisburg Community Club.  Surviving are two sons, David (Helen) Lydic and Carl Lydic, both of Andrews Settlement; eight grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by 12 siblings.  Friends may call Tuesday (Feb. 26, 2013) from 3-6 p.m. at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, Pa., where Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Darell Harris will officiate. Burial will be in Andrews Settlement Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Andrews Settlement Baptist Church or the Andrews Settlement—Ellisburg Community Club.    Solomon’s Words for the Wise – February 25, 2013  


TILLINGHAST Dawn Elaine Tillinghast Townsend 

Elmira resident Dawn Elaine Tillinghast Townsend passed away quietly in her sleep on Sunday February 10, 2013, in Buffalo, NY after a courageous battle with cancer. Dawn was born on January 14, 1938 to Robert and Rosamond Harkness Tillinghast in Gillett, PA. She graduated from Troy High School in 1956 and Arnot Ogden School of Nursing in 1959. Loving mother and grandmother, caring daughter, sister and aunt, gifted nurse and loyal friend, she touched the lives of all she knew. Dawn is survived by her son, David C. Townsend and Erica Trombley of Horseheads, NY; and daughter, Debra Townsend and Russell Arrigo of Lakeview, NY. Her four grandchildren, Kristofer Arrigo, Michael Arrigo, Sean Townsend and Brody Nemier, will miss her. Dawn leaves behind her beloved sisters and brothers, Darlene and Terry Houston, Dale Tillinghast, Robert and Eileen Tillinghast and many loving nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. A prayer service will be held in Dawn's honor at the family house of worship, Fassett Baptist Church in Fassett, PA, on Saturday March 2 at 11 a.m.   Star Gazette – February 24, 2013


TUROCK Roxanne Mensch

72, of Athens, Pa., died on Monday, February 26, 2013 at Robert Packer Hospital.  She was born on February 5, 1941 in Berwick, Pa., the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Turock.  Roxanne was the house manager for the Valley Relief Council. She was employed with Bradford County Head Start for 32 years where she served in several positions.  She is predeceased by her brother, Stephen Turock.  Roxanne is survived by her children, Deborah Mensch and Marlin Walker of South Waverly, Pa., Denise Stone of Athens, Pa., Parvin and Valerie Mensch of Waverly, N.Y., Diane Mensch of Maine, Richelle and Dennis Sherwood of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Richard E. and Bambi Wolcott of Waverly, N.Y.; grandchildren, Jodi Stone, Keith Walker, Jamie Stone, Jordan Mensch, Arielle Mensch, Cole Mensch, and Hannah Sherwood; brother John “Turk” Turock (Peanut) of Telford, Pa.; sisters, Deborah (Ralph) DeFebo of Berwick, Pa., and Betty Lou Turock of Berwick, Pa.; very special companion of many years, Richard H. Wolcott; special friends, Pat, Christopher, and Brian Erb; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  At Roxanne’s request, there will be no calling hours or services. The family is being assisted by Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Athens, Pa.  Memorial donations may be made in Roxanne’s memory to: Stray Haven, 194 Shephard Road, Waverly, NY 14892; Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850; The Valley Relief Council, 110 North Higgins Avenue, Sayre, PA 18840; or the Valley local libraries or volunteer your time at one of the above organizations.  Sayre Morning Times – February 28, 2013    


WEAVER Marjorie Jean Weaver Salmela

68, of Van Etten, N.Y., passed to a better place on Monday, Feb. 26, 2013. She was born to the late Isaiah Weaver and Eleanor Taylor Weaver, May 21, 1944, in Sayre, Pa.  Marjorie graduated from Athens High School and received her LPN nursing certification in Scranton, Pa. She married Dennis Salmela of Van Etten in 1965, and they lived together in the Spencer-Van Etten communities, with their most recent residence in Van Etten, N.Y.  Marjorie dedicated her life to serving her family, friends and her community, first as a LPN nurse at Robert Packer Hospital and Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y.  Marjorie then became a valued member of the Town of Van Etten municipal offices, serving her community as a town clerk and tax collector since 1986. Marjorie has positively touched the lives of many people within the communities that she served.  Marjorie is survived by her beloved husband Dennis; son Erik V. Salmela of Allentown, Pa.; her sister Regina Weaver-Marcy of Athens, Pa.; niece Michelle; and her two cherished friends Carrie Miller of Newfield, N.Y., and Mary Lesh of Saint Francisville, La.  A viewing will be held on Tuesday, March 5 at the Allen-Manzer Funeral Home on 56 N. Main Street, Spencer, N.Y., between the hours of 4 - 7 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to be made out to the Salmela family for help with expenses.   Sayre Morning Times – February 27, 2013  


WYGLE Esther Biddle

On the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, well-known Canton resident Esther (Wygle) Biddle died quietly at the Sherwood Retirement & Personal Care Home with her granddaughter, Janie Riggs, at her side. She was 105 years of age. Born in the western Pennsylvania community of Linesville on Aug. 10, 1907, she was a daughter of Charles and Dora (Lester) Wygle. Esther was a graduate of Linesville High School, class of 1927, where, along with her academic studies, she excelled at basketball. She attended Edinboro State Teacher's College and taught elementary school in Linesville for five years. Later, she moved to Bradford County and taught in the Canton and LeRoy schools. In 1955 she married Fidello "Fid" Biddle, and they shared 25 years before Fid's passing in 1980. Esther was a strong, independent woman without pretense. She was never afraid to express an opinion or offer her sage advice. She never sugar coated her words, but always gave you the unvarnished truth. At the same time she was every bit the proper, dignified old-fashioned lady. She was a longtime member of Canton's Village Improvement Association where she was presented with the Woman of The Year award. She was active in Canton Senior Citizens, the Canton Community Center, Canton Chapter No. 71 O.E.S., and was active as a volunteer during the Red Cross blood drives. Esther had an insurmountable faith in the Lord and was a member of the Canton United Methodist Church, and its successor, the Canton Ecumenical Parish, where she attended the I.H.S. Adult Bible Class. For the past 12 years she resided at the Sherwood home and remained as active as ever for as long as her health permitted.  She is survived by her granddaughters Jane (and John) Riggs, Noelle (and George) Schoonover III; and daughter-in-law Audrey Johnson, all of Canton; great-grandchildren Amy (and Eric) Weaver of Centre Hall, Pa., Eric Riggs of Mill Hall, Pa., Nicholas, Nathan, Joel and Isabel Schoonover of Canton and great-great-grandsons Preston and Colton Weaver of Centre Hall. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Noel E. Johnson in 1997; son-in-law Phillip Preston in 2004; daughter Mary Lou Preston in 2008; nephew Milton Maxwell Sr.; brother Harold Wygle; and sister (and brother-in-law) Harriet and Walter Maxwell.  Esther's wish was to be remembered by each person in their own way, and accordingly she wished for no calling hours. A private family service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Green Free Library, 38 N. Center St., Canton, or the Canton Ecumenical Parish, 103 N. Center St., Canton PA 17724. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton.  Towanda Daily Review – February 28, 2013 



88, of Ulysses, PA, died Tuesday, February 26, 2013 in her home.  Born November 7, 1924, in Galeton, PA, she was the daughter of David and Louise Welsh Yardlay. On April 14, 1944, in Coudersport, PA, she married Edward Kosa, who survives. A 1941 graduate of Coudersport High School, she was a partner and helpmate to her husband at EDKO Farms, where she served as the bookkeeper and “manager” of operations. She was employed as a secretary by the Potter County extension office and the Lloyd Kear Funeral Home in Ulysses. Helen served as a Potter County auditor from 1979 – 1995, member of a committee protecting the welfare of children in Potter County, and originator of the Progress Through Communications picnic.  She was a longtime member of the Bible Union Church in West Bingham, PA, where she served as a deaconess, Sunday school teacher, and church secretary. She was previously a member of the Ulysses First Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and taught release time at the Ulysses elementary school.  Surviving besides her husband, Ed, are: four sons, E. Gene (Nancy) Kosa, Douglas (Donna) Kosa, and Kurt (Laurel) Kosa, all of Ulysses, and Brian (Marianne) Kosa of Woodbridge, VA; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a grandson, Justin Kosa; a sister, Isabelle Gibson; and a brother, Rev. John David Yardlay.  Friends may call Friday, March 1, 2013 from 2:00 -- 4:00 and 7:00 -- 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday in the Ulysses United Methodist Church. The Rev. David K. Ford will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West Bingham Bible Union Church, Genesee, PA 16923.  Solomon’s Words for the Wise – February 28, 2013  



? Michelle F. Dobbins

49, of Painted Post, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 at Absolut Care at Three Rivers.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. March 9 at St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 W. Broad St., Horseheads.  Arrangements are with Carpenter’s Funeral Home, Corning.  Corning Leader – March 2, 2013

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